F-F H.S. Highlights: Forbes Road has strong 2nd half
After a 2-2 tie at halftime, Forbes Road’s field hockey team exploded for three second-half goals. The reward was a 5-2 victory over St. James in non-league play.
Olivia Hall and Sierra Everhart both had a goal and an assist for the Cardinals (10-4).
Forbes Road built up a 2-0 lead midway through the first half, but quickly saw it slip away when St. James scored a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes of the half. Gracie Bowers had the game-tying goal with six seconds remaining.
But the second half was all Forbes Road, with the Cardinals earning a 9-3 advantage in shots. Mara Broadwater, Maddie Miller and Maiah Mellott also had goals for Forbes.
James Buchanan 6, Northern York 5: It was a high-flying game for James Buchanan, who escaped Northern York with a narrow Mid Penn Colonial Division victory. Alec Truett was the man of the hour for the Rockets (5-10, 3-7 MPC). He led the team with a trio of goals and scored the game-winner with four minutes to go. Derek Pine, Isaac Shenton and Adam Heintzelman also had goals for JB, and Pine and Shenton each had three assists. Goalkeeper Sean Martin was also a big factor in the win, as he finished with 14 stops.
Greencastle 5, Shippensburg 0: Brandon Stuhler put up one goal in the first half, and it would’ve been enough for a Mid Penn Colonial Division win over Shippensburg. But then Greencastle-Antrim added four more goals in the second half to ensure the win, which clinched at least a tie for the Colonial crown. Stuhler added another goal for the Blue Devils (11-4, 9-1 MPC), while Caleb Hurley, Logan Kline and Jared Rohrbaugh each scored once. Shippensburg (5-10, 4-5 MPC) had only one shot on goal and no corner opportunities.
Shippensburg 2, Greencastle 2: Shippensburg and Greencastle-Antirm went back and forth all evening, and it resulted in a 2-2 tie. The game was a seesaw affair with Shippensburg (5-11-1, 3-7-1 MPC) striking first, but G-A answering right back. The second half saw more of the same, and the Blue Devils (4-10-2, 3-6-2 MPC) sent it to overtime with a goal with less than seven minutes to go. Alexis Reese and Sarah Strohm had Ship’s goals, while Ashley Noblit and Lyza Martin both scored for Greencastle.
State College 3, Chambersburg 1: After falling in the first two sets, Chambersburg stormed back to make a game out of it by winning the third set. But it wasn’t enough to overcome undefeated State College in a Mid Penn Commonwealth Division match. Erin Lightfoot led the Trojan offense with nine kills, while Haylee Holsopple had seven and Breanne Byers notched six. Chambersburg (10-4, 8-4 MPC) had a very strong defensive game. Danessa Martin racked up 21 digs; Lauren Ching had 13, and Jenna Lombardozzi was right behind with 12.
“All in all, we played pretty decent tonight, but we just could not close out the sets,” Chambersburg assistant coach Bobby Culler said. “We picked up our play in the third set and played well in the fourth set, but just couldn’t finish. You need to play a great match to beat them on their court.”
Greencastle 3, Shippensburg 0: The last two sets were a bit of challenge for Greencastle-Antrim, but Shippensburg just couldn’t keep up in a Mid Penn Keystone Division match. The Blue Devils (8-6, 5-3 MPC) won the first set, 25-9, before the Lady Hounds managed 20 and 17 points in the last two sets, respectively. Keri Gearhart racked up 13 kills for G-A, while Madison Goodwin led the defense with 11 digs. Shippensburg (1-11, 0-9 MPC) has lost eight straight.
McConnellsburg 3, Everett 0: The night got better and better for McConnnellsburg in an Sideling Hill/ICC victory over Everett. The Spartans (12-0, 8-0 SHL, 6-0 ICC) held the Warriors to 21, 15 and 10 points, respectively. Bridgette Ritchey (7 kills, 8 digs) and Carly Swope (8 kills, 11 digs) both had well-rounded performances.
“We served the ball well tonight and were able to spread the offense around to keep pressure on them,” McConnellsburg coach Heidi Johnston said.
Chestnut Ridge 3, Fannett-Metal 0: It was a rough night for Fannett-Metal in a Sideling Hill League loss to Chestnut Ridge. The Tigers (1-16, 0-7 SHL) were led by Kassie Holtry, who finished with eight digs, and Maci Bowen, who contributed five.
Big Spring 7, Shippensburg 2: The Bulldogs racked up five goals in the first half of a Mid Penn Colonial Division game, as Shippensburg could not contain the scoring power of Kelly Shulenburger, who had three goals and an assist. Shippensburg's Maddi Kline and Zoe Holtry each scored unassisted goals for the Lady Hounds (7-8, 6-6 MPC), while Morgan Ocker had 15 saves.
Mercersburg 6, Madeira 0: Mercersburg Academy picked up its biggest win of the season in a non-league matchup with Madeira. The Blue Storm (2-6) were led by Addie Dumm, who had two goals and two assists, and Alyssa Magazine also added two goals. Mercersburg’s Kate Frimet tallied her first shutout.
Boys cross country
Southern Fulton 17, Williamsburg 46: Southern Fulton earned the top three spots in an Inter-County Conference victory over Williamsburg. Chase Varner paced the Indians (8-2, 5-0 ICC) with a first-place time of 20:20; right behind was Benjy Voight in 20:21, and rounding out the top three was Nate Voight (20:29).
Girls cross country
Southern Fulton 15, Williamsburg 50: Elizabeth Flaherty and Maddie Baker led Southern Fulton to a dominating victory in an Inter-County Conference race. Flaherty took first in 25:46, followed by Baker in 26:17. The Indians (7-2, 4-1 ICC) landed six of the top seven spots.
Mercersburg 7, State College 0: Mercersburg Academy dominated in a non-league match against State College, holding the Little Lions to four games or fewer in all seven matches. At No. 2 singles, Alexandra Zhukova had the most convincing performance for the Blue Storm (5-2), earning a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
“Today’s performance was a nice response to two tough losses last week,” Mercersburg coach Mike Sweeney said. “State College is a good team. (They were) 10-3 going into this match, and we really came out and dominated.”